04/29/11

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUNISHES REPORTER FOR CAPTURING THIS CELL PHONE VIDEO

Hat Tip: Brian B.
From: Breitbart.tv

The President who has touted the use of new technology and social media is punishing a reporter for posting a cell phone video of protesters at one of his speeches in San Francisco.

SF Chronicle video prompts White House threat

Video- Obama Administration Bans Reporter for Using Camera to Record Anti-Obama Protesters

Update: Chronicle responds after Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia, then claims they didn’t

04/29/11

New Sheriff in Town Ann Barnhardt: Fearless against Islam and the Obama Syndicate

By Sher Zieve
Gulag Bound

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me a video of a lady who not only speaks up against the oppression of Islam and the Obama syndicate but, is not afraid to have her singularly articulate views placed before the entire world. Therefore, I contacted her. As you will see below, Ann is fearless.

The Interview

Sher: Ann, I first want to thank you for your courage in openly speaking about those who would destroy us, while most of our elected officials seem to immediately flee and then hide from the issue. I have to say that I, along with others, was amazed and thankful at the honesty of your videos denigrating the true malevolence of radical Islam.

When we spoke, this week, you indicated that 9/11/2001 was the initial reason for your videos. But, was there anything else that spurred you on toward creating and bringing them out now?

Ann: The process of watching my country and Western Civilization go down in flames has certainly been cumulative, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was hearing Lindsey Graham proclaim his ardent desire to eviscerate the Constitution in the hopes of appeasing Muslims. In the April 3 interview on Face The Nation, Graham advocated shredding the Establishment Clause, freedom of speech, religion and assembly in the First Amendment, the right to due process in the Fifth and Sixth Amendments by saying that he wanted to “hold people accountable” and “push back” without any law to back those government actions up, and dispense with the Equal Protection clause in the Fourteenth Amendment by holding Muslims to a different standard than non-Muslims in the United States. Enough is enough. Now we box.

Sher: Most of us have seen that radical Islam, which beheads people on an apparent daily basis, begins to claim victimhood when it suits them; especially with the current White House administration. Those who burn Islam’s Quran are called “haters” while burning the Bible is considered fair game by almost everyone, these days. During your Quran burning video, you proudly bring up the fact that the pages are separated by strips of bacon. What prompted this action on your part?

Ann: First, I just thought it was rather witty. Second, Western Civilization is being beaten in this war by Psy-Ops (psychological operations). Muslims have everyone convinced, even if on a subconscious level, that having pork touch a book is going to cause the universe to implode, or for some fictional wrathful demigod to descend from the clouds and strike us all dead, or at the very least gives them moral justification to kill other human beings.

The last time I checked, bacon is made out of muscle tissue, fat tissue and connective tissue from a pig. Beyond that, said flesh is composed of water, protein and fatty acids. The book in question is made of tree cellulose (the paper) and ink, which is probably soybean and petroleum based. Having these two things touch each other is meaningless. We The People of Western Civilization need to act like the adults that we are and grow the hell up. This stone age voodoo crap needs to end.

Sher: As any of us who have read the Quran know the book is filled with Surahs teaching the killing of Jews and Christians, specifically. Yet, when any of us in the USA bring this up, we are violently criticized by the Left and liberals in general. Do you view this as the process of the current political structure working tirelessly to bring the USA into Dhimmitude* and towards forcing We-the-People into becoming a part of the Western Islamic caliphate?

Ann: I view it as the Marxist milieu vigorously defending their perceived ally. I have said all along that the Marxist-Soros machine is looking to install itself as the World Government with Islam operating as its enforcement arm.

Sher: I concur and have written for years now that Islam is planned to be the foot soldiers for the New World Order’s coming attempt at forced enslavement of the world’s people. Ann, I can’t let you go without asking about the Obama press conference Wednesday, in which he announced the “release” of his latest birth certificate–this time the long form. This one seems to have as many if not more problems than the other–at least four–short form versions of certificates of live birth that have been floating around the Internet for years. Many, including the Smoking Gun website are already calling the latest attempt to trick us suspicious if not outright forgery and there are now myriad videos showing how it was accomplished…layer upon layer of PhotoShopped chicanery.

The problem is that even on this current birth certificate, due to his father’s Kenyan/British citizenship, Obama doesn’t meet the Constitutional requirement of “natural born.” What’s you take on this, apparent, latest attempt to befuddle We-the-People?

Ann: I think that the Obama White House got very nervous between the Trump publicity, the polls showing that most Americans doubt Obama’s nativity story, and Jerome Corsi’s book coming out in a few weeks. I think they commissioned some 20-something kid to make this PhotoShopped mess, and the moron just screwed it up nine ways from Sunday.

One of the things that I have been trying to impart to my clients, customers and readers over the past several years is the fact that the people running this country, and in many high positions of power in both the public and private sectors, are truly, truly stupid and inept people. We all want to believe that leaders and people in positions of power are very smart and very capable – that’s why they are in charge. They aren’t. Stupid people are running the show, and have been for decades. The Obama White House is the epitome of this. Put Barry, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett together and they don’t collectively have the brains God gave a goldfish. These are not intelligent people. They are opportunistic, ambitious sociopaths that are simultaneously dumber than a box of hair. And that’s exactly how George Soros likes his puppets – too dumb to be any real threat to him.

Sher: Ann, thanks so much for speaking to me and my readers. Your fortitude is, indeed, a rare commodity these days!

Ann’s Videos:

Ann eviscerates Lindsay Graham: in youtube.com

Ann Burns Quran: in youtube.com

Ann’s website: barnhardt.biz

04/29/11

Chinese Warships in Australian Ports?

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Australia’s last Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, warned the United States that China posed a military threat to the Pacific region.

Australian Defence White Papers have confirmed this assessment.

Now Kevin Rudd’s replacement, Julia Gillard, appears to discount the Chinese threat theory idea and has moved towards allowing greater Chinese/Australian military co-operation. This will include livefire exercises at sea and permission for Chinese warships to dock in Australian ports.

It is worth remembering that Julia Gillard is a member of the socialist Australian Fabian Society, and began her political career in the orbit of the Communist Party of Australia.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Julia Gillard, fourth from left, and Chinese President Hu Jintao, fourth from right, attend a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Chinese warships could be heading to Australian ports this year after the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, took “a few small steps” towards military transparency and co-operation with President Hu Jintao.

Ms. Gillard told the Herald last night her key meeting with Mr. Hu was “friendly in demeanour”.

Her inaugural visit to Beijing as prime minister appears to have bookended two years of tensions which began with China’s taking umbrage with the 2009 Australian defence white paper, which it believed painted China as a military threat.

Western defence analysts are also concerned about the potential for a maritime accident triggering war, given China’s increasingly assertive conduct and the absence of the kind of maritime incident protocols that defused incidents between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Ms. Gillard said neither Mr. Hu nor the Premier, Wen Jiabao, raised any concerns about Australia’s military relationships with the US, or its allies, and nor did she raise concerns about the People’s Liberation Army.

Instead, Ms. Gillard and Mr. Hu yesterday moved to build greater military co-operation including livefire exercises at sea and Chinese warships dock in Australia.

“[We] indicated a preparedness to keep discussing defence co-operation,” Ms. Gillard told the Herald in an interview last night. “We have indicated we are open to ships visiting Australian ports [and] there’s some prospect that there will be some visiting before the end of the year.

“It’s a few small steps on a journey to better understanding each other’s military perspectives.

”Steps that enable us to better understand methods of organisation, protocols for working, are good things and obviously joint exercising assists with that.”

Will the Chinese Navy use such exercises and visits for espionage purposes?

Do Julia Gillard’s old communist associations and anti-American views color her current strategic outlook?

Is Barack Obama, the only “security risk” currently leading a major Western country?

04/29/11

Communist Party Predicts Huge May Day Rallies Across America – Left Exploits Immigrants

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

John Wojcik

Communist Party USA labor journalist John Wojcik is predicting huge labor union/immigrant rallies across America on May 1.

The US left wants to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, because they know that the vast majority will vote Democrat. In these times of high unemployment, resentment among many unionized and unionized workers and the unemployed against illegal immigrants is high.

Therefore the left is deliberately trying to bring all these groups into an alliance behind Barack Obama and the Democrats and against the G.O.P.

From today’s Peoples World:

Hundreds of thousands across the nation marching and rallying this May Day will be fusing two of the great struggles of the day – the fight for workers’ rights and the fight for immigrant rights.

The labor movement, rejecting the notion that immigrants are taking jobs away from the native-born, has jumped with both feet into the fight for immigrant rights.

“Workers’ rights and immigrant rights are connected,” said James Parks, a spokesperson for the AFL-CIO. “CEO-backed politicians are targeting all working people – including immigrants – with their corporate-sponsored political agenda and continuing power grab.”

In the wake of the massive and prolonged demonstrations in Wisconsin it is no surprise that almost all the marches and rallies will demand protection for collective bargaining rights.

Rally organizers stress, however, that in addition demonstrators will call for comprehensive immigration reform, starting with passage of the Dream Act. The Dream Act would provide undocumented young people with a route to legal residency through either higher education or service in the military.

“These May Day marches are driven by the same spirit of activism and commitment that drives our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and every other community that is now fighting back against the attacks on working people,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Trumka is the featured speaker at a rally in Milwaukee that the labor federation expects will draw at least 60,000 people. Unions and their allies will use the rally to boost recall drives now underway against Republican senators who stripped workers of their collective bargaining rights…

“Corporate greed. Working people rallying in the streets. It sounds like Madison, Wisconsin,” said Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor. But it’s actually the scene from Haymarket Square in Chicago. One hundred and twenty-five years later, working people are in the fight of their lives for the right to have a voice at work through collective bargaining.”

The national federation’s secretary-treasurer, Liz Shuler, will address the thousands of Chicago workers expected to gather on May 1 at the site of the Haymarket martyrs’ monument in Forest Park Cemetery.

Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker will speak at a mass rally in New York.

March organizers in Boston are connecting their action to the fight for workers’ rights around the world. They expect thousands to demonstrate under their theme of “From Cairo to Wisconsin to Massachusetts, Defend All Workers’ Rights.”

Houston could well see one of its largest workers’ rights demonstrations ever. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in that city is joining with the labor and community-backed Houston United for a rally that will also demand both workers’ rights and immigrant rights.

Hector Sanchez, executive director of LCLAA, says the labor movement and immigrant rights struggles complement one another.

“Now is the time to grow up as a nation,” he said, “and we need to stop bullying immigrants. We need a smart policy that is good for all workers, one that will help us recover from one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history. Immigration reform can be the first step in that direction.”

In many cities the May Day demonstrations will bring union and immigrant rights activists together in support of ongoing local struggles.

To see how the US left cynically exploits immigrants for votes, go here.

04/29/11

The Communist Party Bounces Back

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

As America polarizes between freedom and socialism, the Communist Party USA is growing fast.

Bear in mind that the C.P.U.S.A. is only one of more than a dozen significant Marxist organizations now planning chaos on American streets.

From Illinois Communist Party leader John Bachtell, writing in today’s Peoples World:

John Bachtell

The First Annual Communist Party USA National Conference, held April 16-17, reflected a potential new turning point for the CPUSA and the allied Young Communist League (YCL), its relationship to the working class and key social forces and movements and its growth in size and influence.

CPUSA National Chair Sam Webb noted in his opening remarks the new level of receptivity and respect the party has gained in the labor and other mass movements, the growth in readership of its websites and the growing numbers joining, especially online.

Webb also argued that for the labor and democratic movements to continue to develop to effectively challenge corporate power a much larger left and Communist Party are essential.

Can this turning point be realized? That is the big challenge.

The party and YCL growth is bound with the current labor and people’s upsurge, in what Rev. Jesse Jackson has described a “Martin Luther King or Gandhi moment.”

A number of shifts have been taking place in public opinion, creating a favorable climate for growth of left and progressive movements including the CPUSA and YCL.

There is mounting anger over the brutal economic crisis, the ultra right’s assault on democracy and with the contrast of obscene wealth on Wall Street amid great suffering on Main Street.

Support among Americans for the free market system (aka capitalism) has plummeted in the last year according to a GlobeScan survey.

Meanwhile class and socialist consciousness are growing, evident to anyone involved in the mass upsurge against the right wing. Pew polls show greater receptivity to socialism, especially among the youth (45 percent think socialism is a better system than capitalism) and communism (11 percent of the public thinks it’s a superior moral system to capitalism)

Party activists are grappling with how to effectively respond to this new situation, the new doors opening daily and especially to those joining online.

The party doesn’t yet have the organizational infrastructure to effectively absorb all the new members, especially in areas where no local organization exists. But new forms and methods are emerging, including use of web based tools for mobilization, organization, education and communication directly with the new members and many more who are interested in what the Party says and does.

In short, the challenge remains to build a modern 21st century party of socialism in the United States in this new situation, one fully rooted in the American tradition of democratic struggle and history, capable of applying and elaborating Marxism to the current challenges, able to develop strategic approaches rooted in reality, uniting key class and social forces and millions at the grassroots in sharpening class battle, and elaborating a path to win a democratic and ecologically sustainable U.S. socialism.

And all the while utilizing the most modern means of communication and organization, tools that enhance old fashion shoe leather and grassroots door-to-door work.

The initiative with the most far-reaching impact was launching new websites over the past year and a half. Over 1 million people have visited these websites over the past year, approximately 130,000 each month.

Also, nearly 100,000 readers now visit the allied People’s World website monthly, or 25,000 weekly, many times more than read the final issues of the print edition.

PW editors had set a goal for achieving a base of 5,000 Facebook fans by the end of 2011. Over 8,000 have already signed up. PW articles are regularly posted on numerous labor and progressive websites, and read widely by leaders and activists in many struggles.

In addition to launching the new websites, a Southern Tour was organized, resulting in new party organizations in Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina, joining recent organizations in Georgia and North Carolina. The South is a place the party had not seen growth in years.

Two weekend schools held for young people, including new members of the CPUSA and YCL, were held in Los Angeles and New Haven, Conn., where almost 60 youth attended. Other weekend schools are coming up in Chicago, Florida and Texas (where more young have joined the YCL than any other state).

A national call to 1,500 new members on March 19 was an exciting experience. Of those reached, 85 percent wished to renew their membership, including some who had joined two years ago and hadn’t spoken to anyone. Many paid their dues online and registered for sustainers. Regular national calls are being planned.

Typical of many joining the party is a new member from Wisconsin, who wrote, “Being public-sector working family, my sympathies have always been to stand with that portion of society. What really motivated me to sign up are the recent events in my home state. Once my state government began demonstrating the warning signs of fascism, I wanted to get involved. The party represents what I have always personally believed in, and so I would consider it an honor to become a member.”

It appears a new CPUSA is emerging within the old. But to “keep the momentum” going to ensure an actual turn is made in size and mass influence, means a lot of hard work and bold initiative.

Most Americans believe the Communist Party died years ago.

It didn’t. Now its coming back.

04/29/11

The Council Has Spoken!! 04/29/11

From: The Watcher’s Council

The Council has spoken, the results are in and another Watcher’s Council contest is history, carved in stone and immutable.

What happens when Leftist governments lean so heavily on business that they seriously retard economic activity and kill the Golden Goose? This week’s winning essay by Bookworm Room entitled What happens when government (state or federal) is pathologically hostile to business examines that subject in micro and macro. Kafka isn’t even in the running. Here’s a slice:

On the fifth day after quitting, Jane shows up, grabs the paycheck, and again disappears. You breath a sigh of relief, thinking you’re finally done with Jane. If only you knew, the story is just beginning….
A month goes by, and you suddenly get a notice from the California Labor Commissioner telling you that Jane is claiming that you violated California law. Your crime? You did not get Jane’s final paycheck to her within three days of her quitting. Since you had the paycheck ready immediately, and her failure to receive it was solely the result of her own unavailability, you laugh at this charge, thinking you’ve got a slam dunk case.

You show up on the assigned day to argue your case before the Labor Commissioner. The Labor Commissioner announces that the three day rule means the employee must have the money in hand by the end of the third day — regardless of either your efforts to pay her or her lack of effort to receive the money. To punish you, the Labor Commissioner imposes statutory sanctions (or “waiting time penalties”) against you, and insists that you pay Jane an amount 27 times greater than the wages she was actually owed.

Shocked by the unfairness of it all, you hire an attorney, who tells you that you’re right — you complied with your statutory duty, and the Labor Commissioner erred. The attorney tells you that this is indeed a slam dunk case, and that you should appeal it, which means filing an original action in Superior Court. Sounds good to you….

The case goes to trial. Jane is represented by the Labor Commissioner, so this is a freebie for her — the people of the State of California, through their tax dollars, are paying Jane’s attorneys fees. The judge appears confused by the issues and eventually announces what he believes is a Solomonic ruling. He holds that, despite the statute’s clear language — Calif. Labor Code § 202 explicitly imposes on the employer only the burden of having payment ready, not the burden of ensuring that the employee receives payment — you should have gotten the payment directly to Jane. However (and this is where the Solomon part comes in) the judge will halve the sanctions award against you.

While miffed at the fact that you couldn’t get the judge to agree with you entirely, you still leave the Court with a light heart — after all, you got the original award against you cut by 50%, which must be viewed as a clear victory. Au contraire, my innocent California employer.

In 2001 — when these events took place — the attorneys fee statute governing appeals from Labor Commissioner awards imposed attorney fees and costs against a party who appeared before the Court and was “unsuccessful in the appeal.” (That was Calif. Lab. Code § 98.2(c), repealed.) However, as of 2001, two California decisions had held that this facially-neutral language didn’t really mean what it said.

Instead, said the two cases, what that facially neutral language really meant was that, if an employee appealed a Labor Commissioner award and bettered his position by even a penny, he was deemed successful on the appeal, so that the employer would have to pay the employee’s (or, really, the tax funded Labor Commissioner’s) attorneys fees. The contrary, however, was not true. If an employer appealed a Labor Commissioner award and bettered his position by 99.9999%, but not by 100%, he was deemed unsuccessful. He therefore still got to pay the employee’s (or, rather, the Labor Commissioner’s) attorney fees.

What this meant for Jane’s employer was that, even though she managed to better her position on appeal by 50% — she still lost! She still got to pay the Labor Commissioner’s attorneys fees at fair market value.

In our non-Council category, this week’s winner was Barry Rubin’s How the West Is Being Turned into a Version of the Middle East submitted by Joshuapundit, an examination of how political correctness is closing minds and creating Arab-like mentalities when it comes to Israel, Islam, Arabism and freedom here in the West.

Here are the week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!